On March. 19, 2013 my 14 year old son Jestin was on his way home from school on a Orange County School Bus in Orlando, Florida. He was laughing and joking around when he suddenly passed out, as the bus reached our stop my younger son Jaylen got off the bus and was heading towards our home when the kids yelled out to him that Jestin was still on the bus and he had passed out. The bus pulled off on its way to the next stop when a student who was getting off realized Jestin was laid out. While still on the bus he when over to check on Jestin. Thankfully he was smart enough to check for a pulse and when he didnt find one, he notified the bus driver, who then called the bus company for help. EMS arrived after Jestin had been down for over 10 minutes, they starting CPR and transported him to Florida Hospital. He was on life support for three days and on March.22, 2013 he was declared Brain Dead.
Orange County School Board policy for the bus drivers is, to call for help. They are not CPR trained. So my question is how do you ensure the safety of the children on the bus.As of today they are not required to wear seat belts and in case of an emergency the driver stands by and waits for help. The driver is not aware of who and what stops the children are boarding and getting off. If so how was my son laid out in the back of the bus passed out and helpless? So again how are the bus drivers ensuring the safety of our children? Even though itsto late for Jestin however I have another son who has to ride the bus as well as thousands of children who depend on the bus to get to school, and in a city where it's suppose to be the happiest place for children, sure isn't the safest. Certifying the School Bus Drivers is a small price to pay to ensure the safety of all our children.
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